I have a very restrained attitude to Hallowe’en so Halloween knitting is not usually part of my WIP. Some may even call it puritanical. I just don’t like it and find it tremenduously commercialised. Now that I’ve got that off my chest, I also have to eat humble pie and admit that it’s been virtually impossible to avoid the dressing up, sweets, carving pumpkin and general one-evening’s-worth-of-ghoulish-behaviour owing to my boys. Now that we’re approaching possibly one of the last Hallowe’ens where either of them will want to participate, part of me is a little sad. Go figure!
Some projects have a habit of starting as one thing, but then morphing into another. And so the Hallowe’en mittens were born. Funky Air Bear made a wonderful pair of mittens and linked to the pattern. I had a squishy ball of Adriafil alpaca and wool yarn and I thought I’d give the mittens a try. I made some alterations to the pattern – knitted it flat to prevent accidents to my travelling companions.
The mittens turned out fine and were almost immediately claimed by my younger son who walked around the house wearing them (we haven’t turned the heating on yet and this was a subtle reminder). I’m not quite sure when but the negotiation around Hallowe’en costumes turned to the mittens and my resolve crumbled. I turned them into Monster Mittens.
My explanation is simple, since I knitted them flat, there is a seam. And although my mattress stitch is improving, it is not perfect. And the purposefully untidy stitches draw the eye from the seam. And keep my son happy. And glow in the dark which makes us both smile.
Having created something for Hallowe’en, I then started looking around for other patterns. There is a huge range of cute pumpkins, scary ghost, eerie bats and similar. My eye was caught by this wreath (!).
I just can’t help but like it. I love the spider web and the spider but perhaps would do something different, not roses as decoration. Perhaps I have a Goth inside trying to get out. What do you think?
Free pattern available from Lionbrand.